Reshuffle in AICC only after state elections
For pragmatic political reasons, the Congress High Command seems to have come round to the view that any changes in the party’s set-up at its headquarters would have to await the outcome of the elections to the state legislative assemblies due in October/ November.
New Delhi: For pragmatic political reasons, the Congress High Command seems to have come round to the view that any changes in the party’s set-up at its headquarters would have to await the outcome of the elections to the state legislative assemblies due in October/ November.
After the party registered its worst ever defeat in the Lok Sabha elections , there has been an expectation that heads would roll, and there would be some accountability in place. With an old guard versus new generation battle brewing up in the media, there was heightened anticipation about these changes. ”The preparations for the state assembly elections have begun and people have got down to the task on the ground. Obviously, there can be no changes now,” said a senior party functionary.
The functionary observed that this old guard versus genNext clash is quite meaningless.”Neither of the sides-the seniors or the juniors should make public statements. These issues are not decided through the media. Moreover the media has shown that it is against us. So, the party would stand to gain if both the sides stopped issuing statements,” he added.
Of late there has been considerable unease among loyalists of the Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi at the statements by party general secretaries Janardan Dwivedi and Digvijaya Singh. These loyalists mostly hand-picked AICC secretaries have been critical of these two leaders who had said that an age limit should be prescribed for holding active posts and also stressed that Rahul should be seen more active in politics. The young leaders felt that these statements have damaged the party's interests and image. Coming out against the old guard and in support of Rahul, these 16 young Congress leaders had decided to write to seniors against damaging the party's image and making controversial statements outside party for a.
In a sequel to that four young secretaries Harish Chowdhary, Naseeb Singh, Prakash Joshi and Shakeel Ahmed Khan had a meeting with Dwivedi, who is the party's general secretary in-charge of organisation and apprised him of their concerns.